Does God exist? Can we survive death? Should we always obey the law? How did the universe begin? Is killing always wrong? Do we have a duty to protect the environment? Should assisted dying be legalised? Do we have free will? If you are interested in questions like these, then Philosophy and Ethics at Chapeltown Academy is the right subject for you!
Philosophy will teach you to think deeply about matters of great importance to most human beings. It is a fascinating subject, of relevance to all aspects of human life. Philosophers are a deeply thoughtful bunch, interested in ideas and the nature of the world and our place in it. They tend to take nothing for granted and question everything –Descartes, for example, famously doubted the existence of everything, even himself – before he realised that the very act of doubting implied he, at least, existed (I think, therefore I am) – but it took him a lot of philosophising before he was prepared to accept the existence of anything else!
You’ll be given plenty of help and support in stepping up to A level and throughout the course. In addition to classes and seminars, you can get one-to-one support when needed. Our small class sizes and commitment to individual attention mean that we can give you a very high level of support on your journey towards University or employment.
A variety of guest speakers offering a range of perspectives will come in to talk to you during the course and you will get an opportunity to find out more about the careers people go into after studying Philosophy and related subjects at University. This might be teaching, social work, research, community work, working for charities, chaplaincy and many other careers. Speakers may include hospice chaplains, army recruiters, pacifists, environmentalists, Catholic priests, Muslim community leaders, University lecturers and undergraduates. As Philosophy and Ethics students, you might want to get involved in a range of activities on offer at Chapeltown Academy, including the Interfaith Society or the Debating Society. We will also go on adventurous trips in the UK and abroad, such as Athens for a tour round the ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Get your thinking caps on and come and study Philosophy and Ethics at Chapeltown Academy!
Philosophy is available to all students at the Academy. The Academy’s general entry criteria apply. A GCSE in Religious Studies is not required to pursue an A-Level in Philosophy.